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SweetWater Brewing Company and CRK Celebrate 10 Years of Save the Hooch!

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SweetWater Brewing Company and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their annual fundraising and awareness campaign “because you can’t make good beer without good water” called “Save the Hooch.”  As part of the 10th Annual Save the Hooch campaign, SweetWater teamed up with BOTE Boards to raffle off a tie-dyed stand up paddle board!  Purchase your tickets here!  

SweetWater founded the Save the Hooch program in 2006 with CRK and as SweetWater’s footprint grew, so did their efforts.  SweetWater has raised nearly $500,000 for CRK and its monitoring and patrolling efforts.  Most recently, they helped bring over 1000 students on board Georgia’s only two floating classrooms – free of charge. The Save the Hooch campaign runs through Labor Day and includes various events throughout the Atlanta area, including special events at the brewery.  To learn more about Save the Hooch, click here.

Back to the Chattahoochee River
Race & Festival

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Race results have been posted from the 14th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival!

You can head over to our Facebook page to view photos from the event! 


Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Named #1 “Most Endangered”

American Rivers announced today its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Alabama, Florida and Georgia the Most Endangered in the country. Outdated water management and rising demand have put the basin at a breaking point.

The water conflict that has gripped the region for almost three decades has come to a head with Florida’s U.S. Supreme Court suit against Georgia and the latest attempt by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to update its protocols of managing the basin.

We are calling on the governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia to swiftly act to form a transparent, water-sharing agreement that protects the rivers, and on the USACE to significantly improve water management to sustain river health.

The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Rivers are chosen for the list based on the following criteria: 1) The magnitude of the threat, 2) A critical decision-point in the coming year and 3) The significance of the river to people and nature.

CRK has long worked to find an equitable solution to the tri-state water conflict and will continue to advocate for solutions to ensure that current and future generations have enough clean water. Our work in this area includes:

Read more about this development in the AJC here >> 

Hall County withdraws Glades Reservoir plans

Hall County has withdrawn its application to build the Glades Reservoir project!

CRK has long opposed Glades Reservoir because it is not needed to meet water supply demands for the county or region but was really an amenity lake for a private development at taxpayer expense.

The State of Georgia withdrew its support for the Glades project in February 2016 when it reversed its long-held position and concluded that the project is not needed for water supply after all.

The state has indicated that a similar project may be needed in the future to send more water down the river. While this is not the last word on Glades Reservoir, the withdrawal of the application to the US Army Corps of Engineers is a huge victory for the Chattahoochee River and the communities that depend on the river.

Instead of pushing unnecessary, expensive reservoir projects, our efforts must focus on smart water conservation measures, which are more cost-effective and environmentally sound to save water and prepare for drought.

Please consider making a donation to CRK today to support our water protection work. Click here to donate today!

Read more about this development here: Hall County hits pause on Glades Resrvoir project, Gainesville Times

 

 

Community Spotlight

The Orvis Company, in collaboration with SweetWater Brewing Company, will host the first ever Quality Catch & Sweet Release Tournament benefiting Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.  The fishing tournament, held from July 1-July 31, will feature weekly prizes with a grand prize of a custom SweetWater/Quality Hooch logo Orvis H2 rod.

To learn more about the Quality Hooch campaign and tournament, click here.

You can also visit www.orvis.com